We want to make a positive impact on the world by caring for our neighbors and our community by helping to provide education, and by supporting local businesses and organizations that consistently make a real difference in people’s lives!

Charities That We Support

Community means a lot to us, and giving back is part of that commitment to serve our neighbors!  Without our neighbors (our customers) and their continual support and referrals we would not have had our success…and that is what fires our desire to serve.

There are many charities in our area that are well deserving of support. The Charities that we have chosen have been consistent in the work that they have done over the years and it speaks for itself!

Children First provide care and guidance to over 600 vulnerable children of our area from birth to 5 years of age, and their families. Services are provided at multiple locations throughout Sarasota County.  Children First not only has a focus on Kindergarten readiness through Head Start and Early Head Start, but they offer programs to help strengthen families, too.  Children First provides the tools for dreams to become reality.

“Children First”


Girls Inc. has made a solid commitment to give girls the opportunity to learn how to become Strong… Smart… and Bold.  Their focus is on girls from age 5 through High School.  Girls Inc. believes in helping to create the female leaders of tomorrow while at the same time strengthening the quality of our communities.

As early as age 5, girls who attend Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County are exposed to life-changing education about entrepreneurship, technology, finances, engineering and science through national Girls Inc. curriculum and experiential learning through a girl-run city called “Dream Harbor.” Eighty percent of those who participate in “Dream Harbor” go on to attend higher education and have successful careers. 

“With You In My Corner” Girls Inc.


The Wounded Warrior Project: We are blessed to play a small part in giving back to those who defend and protect us all.

From the WWP website

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001 and their families. On that date, America watched in horror as approximately 3,000 people died including hundreds of firefighters and rescue workers. Many warriors note a sense of duty to volunteer for the military following these tragic events.

Sept. 11 also served as a stimulus for Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and New Dawn. Operation Iraqi Freedom refers to military operations in Iraq that began March 19, 2003 and officially ended August 31, 2010. Operation Enduring Freedom refers to combat operations in Afghanistan and other regions in support of the Global War on Terror. Operation New Dawn refers to the conclusion of operations in Iraq beginning September 1, 2010 and ending December 15, 2011.

For WWP, there is a distinct difference between members and alumni; the term alumnus indicates a mutual shared experience and denotes your place in an organization was earned. There are no dues here – those were paid by wearing the uniform and on the battlefield.

 

Surviving the battlefield

With advancements in battlefield medicine and body armor, an unprecedented percentage of service members are surviving severe wounds or injuries. For every US soldier killed in World Wars I and II, there were 1.7 soldiers wounded. In Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, for every US soldier killed, seven are wounded. Combined, over 48,000 servicemen and women have been physically injured in the recent military conflicts.

In addition to the physical wounds, it is estimated as many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment.

 

A catalyst for change

With the mission to honor and empower Wounded Warrior, WWP is the hand extended to encourage warriors as they adjust to their new normal and achieve new triumphs. Offering a variety of programs and services, WWP is equipped to serve warriors with every type of injury – from the physical to the invisible wounds of war.

“The Impact Wounded Warrior Project Has On Veterans Lives”


“Jay Leno working with WWP to Surprise a Veteran”



4Ocean is a global movement actively removing trash from the ocean and coastlines while inspiring individuals  to work together for cleaner oceans, one pound at a time.


4Ocean “The Idea is Born”



4Ocean “2017 – The Story Takes Shape”



4Ocean “Join The Fight- Breast Cancer Awareness”



One Millionth Pound Cleanup Celebration!
by 4Ocean Team July 04, 2018


How do we celebrate a HUGE milestone for our company? With a HUGE beach cleanup!

The day after we reached our one millionth pound of trash that was removed from the ocean and coastlines, we hosted a beach cleanup at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The beaches in Fort Lauderdale are popular for spring breakers, college students, tourists, and locals alike. There are many restaurants and bars along these beaches which means there is also a lot of trash that ends up here.

Friends, families, and volunteers from all ages came out to our cleanup to help us celebrate one  million pounds of trash removed. In total, 347 dedicated and passionate individuals came out to help remove trash from Fort Lauderdale beach. At the end of the very productive morning, a total of  546 pounds of trash was removed from the coastline. All of the trash that was collected was sorted according to material back at our facility. All of the items that can be recycled such as plastic and glass is brought to a recycling facility, while all of the non-recyclable items are brought to a reputable waste management facility.

Of all of the trash that was found at this cleanup, most of the items collected were made from plastic.   In particular, plastic water bottles and bottle caps were among the top items found.

Did you know that each person in the US alone uses approximately 170 bottles each year? That means a family of five can go through as much as 850 plastic water bottles in a single year! At 4Ocean, we  believe that all single-use plastic should be eliminated but we also understand that can be a hard task. That is why we are here to help with our newest product; “A Reusable Water Bottle”!


A SIMPLE IDEA
TURNED INTO A MOONSHOT PROJECT

The Ocean Cleanup is designing and developing the first feasible method to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. Every year, millions of tons of plastic enter the ocean. A significant percentage of this plastic drifts into large systems of circulating ocean currents, also known as gyres. Once trapped in a gyre, the plastic will break down into microplastics and become increasingly easier to mistake for food by sea life.

Going after it with vessels and nets would be costly, time-consuming, labor-intensive and lead to vast amounts of carbon emission and by-catch. That is why The Ocean Cleanup is developing a passive system, moving with the currents – just like the plastic – to catch it. The system consists of a 600-meter-long floater that sits at the surface of the water and a tapered 3-meter-deep skirt attached below. The floater provides buoyancy to the system and prevents   plastic from flowing over it, while the skirt stops debris from escaping underneath. As the system moves through the water, the plastic continues to collect within the boundaries of the U-shaped system.

“FOR SOCIETY TO PROGRESS, WE SHOULD NOT ONLY MOVE FORWARD BUT ALSO CLEAN UP AFTER OURSELVES.”

– BOYAN SLAT, CEO & FOUNDER

By deploying a fleet of systems, The Ocean Cleanup has estimated to be able to remove 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in just 5 years’ time. The concentrated plastic will be brought back to shore for recycling and sold to B2C companies. The revenue gained will help fund the cleanup expansion to the other four ocean gyres.

In preparation for full-scale deployment, The Ocean Cleanup organized several expeditions to map the plastic pollution problem in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to an unprecedented degree of detail. The team simultaneously advanced its design through a series of scale model tests, including prototypes deployed in the North Sea 2016 and 2017. System trials off the American west coast will start early 2018 and the first cleanup system deployment in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is scheduled to take place mid-2018.


“How We Rid The Oceans Of Plastic”



“The Ocean Clean Up System 001 Is Launched” – Time-lapse



“Now…We Are Really Part of the Solution”